tree explorer is an app idea i developed with daren, sean, zach, and andrew - just before starting DIY.
at the time, i was obsessed with hard AR - meaning AR that uses computer vision and sensors to track environments, rather than just sensors alone which makes for swimmy AR. the idea here is that you could walk up to a tree and peel it open with touch gestures. then as each layer of wood structure is splayed open, you could use a two-finger zoom to break out a microscopic chunk of it. this chunk would be interactive, rotatable, and you could see various functions animate - like the movement of water and nutrients.
the wide view would be done in cg, but the microscopic chunk would be a spin movie, meaning a series of photographs of a physical, sculpted model - ala ‘the elements’ app from touchpress.
we started to assemble a team, and did a few computer vision tests on tree bark using various libraries - first PTAM, then optical flow.
the project was canned in favor of starting DIY.